United Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity in Interreligious Chaplaincy

The Master of Divinity in Interreligious Chaplaincy Degree program will prepare you for a career in chaplaincy and provide you with interreligious and intercultural spiritual care competency. You’ll learn to serve as an effective and compassionate minister, working with people from diverse faith backgrounds and walks of life.

This interfaith chaplaincy program may be a good fit for you if you plan to pursue a career in chaplaincy in any of a number of contexts, including:

  • The military
  • Hospitals and other healthcare settings
  • Prisons
  • Schools
  • First responder units
  • Corporate settings

You also may pursue a career providing pastoral and spiritual care within religious and spiritual communities.


In addition to achieving the core MDiv degree learning outcomes, a graduate of the Interreligious Chaplaincy program will be able to:

  • demonstrate skills for effective, professional, ethical, and compassionate pastoral and spiritual care to a diversity of persons;
  • craft, deliver, and reflect on a sermon or public address that demonstrates effective speaking form/style and content based on a selected context;
  • articulate effective strategies for pastoral/spiritual care and counseling with a person or group of a given cultural identity that demonstrate an informed understanding of the student’s own culture(s) and theology, as well as the behavioral and social sciences;
  • articulate effective strategies for providing spiritual care in a given interreligious setting; and
  • demonstrate skills and articulate strategies for providing effective spiritual care for those experiencing trauma in a variety of given situations.


United’s MDiv at a Glance

  • 72 credits
  • Twenty-four 3-credit courses, including one field experience
  • A final thesis or project is not required, but you can use an elective to pursue either
  • Can be completed in three years if you take a full-time course load (24 credits per year)
  • Most MDiv concentrations, including Interreligious Chaplaincy, can be completed entirely via distance learning

Employment as a chaplain requires completion of additional CPE units beyond United’s degree requirements and endorsement/support by a recognized faith group, which may require additional coursework. BCCI certification, which is a common employment requirement, requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and an additional 2,000 hours of chaplaincy work experience after CPE.

Program Guide Sheet

Religious Texts 4
Hebrew Bible 1: Orientation
Hebrew Bible 2: Contextualized Interpretation*
Choose one:
New Testament 1: Epistles, Acts, and Revelation
New Testament 2: Four Gospels
One Religious Texts elective
Theological Tradition 4
Religious and Theological Interpretation
Choose one:
History of Christian Theologies
History of Modern Theologies
One Theology and Religion elective
Constructive Theology
Ethics/Justice 2
Comparative Religious Ethics
Choose one:
Queer and Trans Theologies
Black and Womanist Theologies
Formation 2
Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation
One 2000-level Formation/Leadership course
Cultural Contextualization 1
World Religions
Arts and Theology 1
Choose one:
History of Arts and Theology
Art, Religion, and Contemporary Culture
Social Transformation 1 Leadership and Strategies for Social Change
Integration 1 MDiv Capstone Seminar
Vocational Contextualization & Skills 8
Introduction to Pastoral and Spiritual Care
Preaching and Your Public Voice
Intercultural Chaplaincy
Interreligious Chaplaincy
Trauma, Suffering and Care
Two additional electives
CPE Internship
* Students may petition the Registrar to substitute Hebrew Bible 2 for an RT course about another religious tradition.


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